- Title: Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the North-West Frontier
- Author: Charles Allen
- ISBN: 9780349114569
- Page: 390
- Format: Paperback
The story of a brotherhood of young men who together laid claim to the most notorious frontier in the world, the North West Frontier, which today forms the volatile boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan Known collectively as Henry Lawrence s young men, each had distinguished himself in the East India Company s wars in the Punjab before going on to make his name as a pThe story of a brotherhood of young men who together laid claim to the most notorious frontier in the world, the North West Frontier, which today forms the volatile boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan Known collectively as Henry Lawrence s young men, each had distinguished himself in the East India Company s wars in the Punjab before going on to make his name as a political on the Frontier Herbert Edwardes, who pacified Bannu John Nicholson, a forebear of the author, who became the terror of the Sikhs as Nikkal Seyn Uncle James Abbot of Hazara, and many others.
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Soldier Sahibs is an exciting story of a few of those great men in the British Empire's history who served in India and helped make the North-West Frontier what it is today. This area now forms the boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan and has seen some of the most violent wars and battles in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Each of the young men portrayed in this book served with the British East India Company and had seen active service in the Punjab in the 1840's. They were known as 'Henry La [...]
Anyone with an interest in the history of the North-West Frontier during the period of British Rule will enjoy this detailed retrospective of the accomplishments of the men known collectively as Henry Lawrence's "Young Men". Names such as Lawrence, Abbott, Edwardes, Hodson, Lumsden, Coke, and of course, Nicholson will be familiar to those with an interest in the Anglo-Sikh Wars, Anglo-Afghan Wars, and the 1857 Mutiny. Usually these men are mentioned as individual characters who appear in wider a [...]
This book is a fantastic read for anyone who is interested in this area of the world for whatever reason. In some ways it explains why the area is what it is today and gives the background that shows in some ways the more things change the more they stay the same. I have been to Afghanisan twice now. This makes me the third generation of my family to serve in a military capacity in this region. My grandfather served seven years in the Queen's Own Fourth Hussars in Bangalore from 1895 to 1902. Hi [...]
I just read this book for the second time, the last time was a few years ago before going to Afghanistan. Now, after having spent more time in Afghanistan as well as in Pakistan, I think I got a lot more out of it, since I have been to, and recognize, most of the places in the book. The author does a great job of making sure that he doesn't make any of the officers in the book out to be all good or all bad. He presents a fair portrait of each of them, noting their strengths and weaknesses, mista [...]
Anyone with an interest in the military history of the NW Frontier Provinces knows Charles Allen as a fluent and authorative narrator. Then known as the Great Game, the endemic power struggles of the region continue to be topical as the Global War on Terror. Allen's tale focuses on the talented and driven operatives of the East India Company who alterately cajoled and coerced the fiercely independant and combative tribal chieftains into a fragile Pax Brittanica.
Great historical yarns. Public school boys let loose on the North West Frontier in the mid-1800s. If you ever read a Flashman book you will recognise these characters as the type he would have despised, ran from, and possibly cuckolded. Also a great insight into the historical background to the more current Afghan situation. Any book that has someone enter a mess hall late then say sorry for the delay in dinner, explaining it all by remarking "I was hanging your chefs."…well it can't be bad.
An interesting book about the 19th century British officers who ventured in to the semi tribal heartlands of North West Frontier Province ( now Khyber Pakhtunkwa) of then united India.Leaving aside the colonial aspect of these dare devil adventurers , the courage ,devotion to mission and stead fastness of these men are really inspiring.It clearly shows that great empires ultimately depends on their dedicated individuals.
Popular readable and accurate account of the British Indian Army and their wars against Afghanistan and Russian influence from 1839 to the end of the Raj in 1948. Allen, a direct descendant of one of those old Anglo-Indian families, tells of the real soldiers immortalized by Kipling and by Earl Flynn
This well-written, easy-to-read book was read as a supplement for the Great Game section of the DYOD on South and Central Asia, though the events described actually fall more into the period and history explored in the first section on the Raj. It is an ideal read BEFORE Farwell’s Armies of the Raj, but that was not the way this reader read them as he discovered this book after the books on the Raj. The book focuses on the times of July 1839 to September 1857 when British Indian history center [...]
A great unsentimental insight into the Raj and how Britain ruled India from brilliance through to crass stupidity.The British created modern India but also sew the seeds of many of that areas current problems . Well worth reading
Quite simply brilliant. A boy's own adventure. A time and a situation that is impossible to conceive of now. (More's the pity). I gave this five stars because doesn't permit six. It is the most entertaining history I have read, ever.
Fascinating historic insight into the North West Frontier Province, old Punjab, Sikh Army and EICo's earlier days in India specially in the north west region.Before reading the book, I didn't know Sikh Army commanded such respect from the EICo's Army and how disciplined it really was.
Fascinating insight into the NW Frontier. Very relevant for contemporary events.
its a good work of non fiction
Excellent history, reads like a novel. Gives one a better understanding of some of what is going on in that part of the world today.
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